Finding clarity in the east coast gas market

Delegates will be able to hear from numerous industry leaders, including newly appointed APPEA Chief Executive, Dr Malcolm Roberts.

Delegates will be able to hear from numerous industry leaders, including newly appointed APPEA Chief Executive, Dr Malcolm Roberts.

Having a firm grasp of the outlook for price, supply and demand for east coast markets has never been more difficult or important for energy executives.

There are many factors currently putting pressure on gas markets including the policy and investment environment,

At the ramp up of Queensland LNG and uncertainty around domestic price, supply and demand - each of which is difficult to forecast.

What happens in gas markets in the coming year will have serious implications for the length of the energy supply chain. In order to help you find some clarity and better understand the outlook for east coast gas markets, the Eastern Australia’s Energy Markets Outlook Conference is bringing together industry leaders to share their perspectives on the market outlook.

Brian Green, energy and regulatory manager at Australian Paper and speaker at EAEMO 2015 conference said the challenge is how to embrace and develop the new LNG export markets while maintaining a competitive domestic industry at the same time.

“EAEMO 2015 conference is an ideal opportunity for industry professionals to hear the issues first-hand and engage in developing an energy policy for Australia,” he said.

At the conference, APPEA’s new chief executive, Malcolm Roberts will be joined by Richard Cottee and Martin Ferguson in giving industry perspectives on the outlook for the gas market as well as detailing opportunities to create a better policy framework. Their insights into the supply side dynamics will be invaluable.

Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, will be giving the opening keynote on the second day of the conference and provide an update on the East Coast Gas Market inquiry.

Having been initially flagged in the Energy White Paper, this inquiry is set to form the basis of federal policy moving forwards and its outcomes will have vast implications for all market stakeholders.

Brian Green, will give a demand-side perspective on the gas market and Cheryl Cartwright will share views from the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association. Michael Riches, Alinta’s General Counsel, who also sits on the EAEMO 2015 advisory panel, summed up the issue for both gas energy markets.

“The issues across the gas and electricity sectors have many common elements (pressure on prices, policy uncertainty and market structure) and yet there are key differences – falling demand and
overcapacity in the electricity market compared to constrained capacity and rising demand in the gas market,” she said.

“All market participants need to come together to discuss and propose solutions to ensure a viable and effective energy market into the future. The Energy Markets conference creates a unique forum for participants in all segments of the market to have the opportunity to discuss and debate these issues.”

Running from 15–18 September, the 4th annual EAEMO conference will bring together executives from all over the energy supply chain to debate and discuss the outlook for the market.

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